June 2014 Table of Contents

Features
A Look Through European Windows A Look Through European Windows

A behind-the-scenes look at the materials and methods used in making high-performance tilt-and-turn windows. Read more

Cost-Saving Insulated Foundations Cost-Saving Insulated Foundations

Reduced excavation and forming time make ICFs a cost-effective way to build a frost-protected slab-on-grade or crawlspace. Read more

18-Volt Cordless Recip Saws Tool Test 18-Volt Cordless Recip Saws

Cordless is convenient, but not if it sacrifices power and runtime. This tool test puts 10 cordless recip saws through their paces. Read more

Letters
JLC June Letters

Risinger’s recent video sparks a debate about Tyvek, and a reader takes issue with foam-slicing saws. Read more

Q & A
Flashing a Curved Window With Straight Flashing Q&A Flashing a Curved Window With Straight Flashing

Mike Guertin has a method for flashing around a curved window when all he has on hand is straight flashing tape. Read more

Debarking Red Cedar Logs Q&A Debarking Red Cedar Logs

Tips and tools for debarking cedar logs for use as rustic-looking porch posts. Read more

On the Job
Framing a Curved Staircase Framing a Curved Staircase

Tim Uhler frames a curved free-standing stair and finds that it isn't as difficult as he anticipated. Read more

Drying Rack for Staining Shingles Drying Rack for Staining Shingles

Manny Silva shows how a lightweight rack built from scrap materials and fishing line will allow you to stain shingles more efficiently. Read more

Business
Business Take the Discount

Most lumberyards offer a discount for early payment. Don't let that 2% discount go to waste. Read more

Nothing but Net Business Nothing but Net

Judging a company's profitability based on gross profit can be misleading. Your bottom line numbers are a better indicator of performance. Here's why. Read more

Legal
What is a 'Time Is of the Essence' Provision? Legal What is a 'Time Is of the Essence' Provision?

One way to enforce performance deadlines with your subs is to include a "time is of the essence" provision in your subcontract agreement. Read more

Energy
Studying Moisture in Fat Walls Studying Moisture in Fat Walls

A cellulose-insulated double wall is less expensive than the same wall insulated with spray foam, but is it a riskier assembly in a cold climate? Read more

Products
Simpson Strong-Wall SB Shear Panel Products Simpson Strong-Wall SB Shear Panel

A wood shear panel for large openings made from Timberstrand LSL, the product can be trimmed on site by the installer. Read more

Foundry Specialty Siding Shapes Collection Products Foundry Specialty Siding Shapes Collection

Available in 10 standard colors, the faces of this decorative vinyl siding are molded with a cedar texture and other eye-catching details. Read more

Marvin Contemporary Doors Products Marvin Contemporary Doors

Marvin’s newest window and door styles include doors with narrower stiles and rails, as well as more glass. Read more

Dacor's Distinctive French Door Refrigerator Products Dacor's Distinctive French Door Refrigerator

The refrigerator offers rapid cooling and quick-freeze capabilities, humidity-controlled shelves, and 22 cubic feet of storage. Read more

The Coastal Solutions Entry Door Products The Coastal Solutions Entry Door

This multifunctional door has impact glass, multi-point locking hardware, and a stepped wood sill to shed water. Read more

AP Foil-Faced Polyiso Sheathing Products AP Foil-Faced Polyiso Sheathing

This Energy Star-certified board offers an R-value of 6.5 per inch. Read more

Saros Single-Lever Kitchen Faucet Products Saros Single-Lever Kitchen Faucet

This kitchen faucet’s self-cleaning technology keeps the spout free of mineral deposits thanks to resilient outlets in the faceplate. Read more

Weyerhauser’s SturdiStep OSB Products Weyerhauser’s SturdiStep OSB

These squeak-free stair treads are manufactured with a low moisture content. Read more

Danze Parma Trim Line Faucets Products Danze Parma Trim Line Faucets

Danze’s new Neo Retraction weight system can be adjusted without tools and will be available on all of the company’s pullout faucets this year. Read more

Cover Guard Floor Protection Products Cover Guard Floor Protection

Long used in the marine industry, this floor protection is flame retardant and impermeable to water, and includes a slip-resistant diamond-plate-pattern surface. Read more

Ecoshel Smart Shingle System Products Ecoshel Smart Shingle System

A numbering system on these 45-inch-long panels provides a guide for vertical joints on adjacent courses to be automatically offset. Read more

FibaFuse Paperless Drywall Tape Products FibaFuse Paperless Drywall Tape

This innovative product is applied like paper tape but won’t stretch when wet, resists mold, and isn’t prone to bubbling. Read more

Toolbox
Bostitch Smart Point Pneumatic Brad Nailer Toolbox Bostitch Smart Point Pneumatic Brad Nailer

Other finish nailers force you to compress a spring-loaded nose against the work surface to fire a shot. But with Smart Point nailers, you just touch the non-marring tip to the surface—no pushing required. Read more

Makita 18-Volt LXDT06 Brushless Impact Driver Toolbox Makita 18-Volt LXDT06 Brushless Impact Driver

A unique Quick-Shift Mode combats overdriving, but it isn't cheap. Read more

Pneuhook Universal Quick-Change Hook Toolbox Pneuhook Universal Quick-Change Hook

The Pneuhook universal quick-change hook is equipped with a coupler and a male plug so you can simply snap it onto the nailer’s male plug and snap the air hose onto the Pneuhook. Read more

Backfill
House Move: Saving a Luxury Home From Beach Erosion

When a compromised island setting requires moving not one, but four, massive structures, the logistical challenges are daunting and the process is nothing short of impressive. Read more

Other Articles
Calculating FPSF Insulation Requirements

There are two good sources for designing frost-protected shallow foundations (FPSFs). Read more

Troubleshooting a Leaking Shower Troubleshooting a Leaking Shower

Doug Horgan diagnoses and fixes a leaky shower in a way that saves his customer time, hassle, and money. Read more

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